President PSF for collective efforts to promote Squash Cash prizes awarded to triumphant players
MIAN ARSHAD ISLAMABAD—Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, who is also President Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF) Monday underlined the need for collective efforts by the provincial squash associations and other PSF members to promote the game.
Presiding over the 43rd Annual General meeting of PSF at the Air Headquarters here, he urged the players to focus on the game and further improve their physical and mental strength. Representatives of provincial squash associations, affiliated members and Pakistan Sports Board were also present in the meeting.
The meeting also unanimously elected Qamar Zaman and Tahir Khanzada as Vice Presidents of PSF for a period of four years. Assuring financial and administrative support by PAF, the PSF President asked the member associations to generate further resources to meet the challenging task through an improved system.
Sohail Aman directed the member associations to promote Squash at the grassroots level and increase the number of players.
He also desired to introduce the game in schools and colleges and extract talent for their further grooming at the national and international level.
Addressing the general council members, President PSF thanked them for their participation and offered whole hearted support of PAF as well as PSF for the promotion of Squash.
While reviewing PSF activities during the year 2015, the President PSF showed his satisfaction over the hectic efforts being made for the revival of international squash in Pakistan, development of academies and some outstanding performances by the Pakistani players and winning Gold and Silver medals during the Asian and World level competitions.
The successful conduct of PakistanEgypt Squash Series at PAF Museum, recent victory of Pakistan team during Asian Team Championship, 2016 and holding of four major PSA tournaments of $ 25,000 prize money each with international players participation was also lauded by the general council.
The performance evaluation of provincial associations for the year 2015 was also carried out by the general council.
The KP Squash Association was awarded the Winner’s Trophy for Pride of Performance; whereas, Punjab Squash Association stood runners up.
The President PSF presented trophies to the representatives of provincial associations.
The council meeting also agreed that the PSF would continue to sponsor men and women players in international team events for which their selection would be made through transparent trials and performance. Moreover, in the Provincial Squash Association events, performancebased sponsorship would also be given.
The PSF meeting concluded with the hope to revive Pakistan’s ascendancy in the international arena of Squash. Chief of the Air Staff, Pakistan Air Force (PAF), Air Chief Marshal Sohail Aman, who is also President Pakistan Squash Federation (PSF), awarded cash prizes to Pakistan squash team on winning the gold medal during Asian Squash Team Championship held at Chinese Taipei in May, 2016.
“The President PSF highly commended the performance of Gold Medalist national team in the Asian Squash Team Championship,” said a PAF press release Monday.
Pakistan squash contingent comprising Farhan Zaman, Farhan Mehboob, Tayyab Aslam and Israr Ahmad participated in the championship along with Fahim Gul and Group Captain Amir Nawaz as Coach and Manager respectively.
In the initial pool matches, Pakistan team defeated Singapore and Sri Lanka; whereas, in the Quarterfinals, Pakistan beat Iraq.
Subsequently in Semifinals, Pakistan team had a tough competition against India.However, after about a three-hour match, Pakistan defeated India with a game score of 2-1 and proved their worth to qualify for the finals.
On May 15, 2016 Pakistan team played the finals against Hong Kong and won the gold medal in the prestigious Championship.
The President PSF reiterated the commitment of PSF to support the top squash players.He, however, urged the players to work hard to bring more laurels for the country.